President Obama’s attempt to read Where the Wild Things Are to a group of children at the White House was thwarted by a small swarm of bees.
According to WND, Obama’s annual Easter Egg Roll was interrupted by the insects on Monday morning on the South Lawn of the White House. The bees didn’t attack President Obama himself, but by flying around the heads of the children, the bugs evoked a sense of terror and panic among the kids. In the middle of Obama’s reading, many of the children started to scream and shout about the buzzing insects. Obama tried his best to calm the kids down, but too many of them were too rattled by the bees to listen.
You can see footage of the bees swarming Obama at the White House Easter event in the video below.
According to the Associated Press, when Obama heard the screams of the children, he looked up from Where the Wild Things Are and attempted to ease the nerves of the children by telling them that bees are good.
“Oh no, it’s a bee!” Obama said. “That’s OK guys, bees are good. They won’t land on you. They won’t sting you.”
Despite Obama’s reassurance, the kids were still not happy with the lingering bees. One child shouted out that the bees were “scary.” Obama tried to keep the children focused on the book by tying in the story of Where the Wild Things Are.
“Hold on! Hold on!” Obama said over the children’s shouts. “You guys are wild things! You’re not supposed to be scared of bees when you’re a wild thing!”
After awhile, the kids calmed down and Obama was able to finish reading the story.
The irony of the swarming bees ruining Obama’s Easter reading is that his administration has worked to protect honeybees and other endangered creatures that work to pollinate plants. Scientists agree that bees are essential to the continued stability of the ecosystem, and with more and more bees disappearing every year, it’s important to maintain the population of the helpful insects. In fact, at another station of the White House Easter Egg Roll, the Obama administration was handing out Burpee garden seeds to children to encourage them to plant flowers and other plants to help the bees.
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, Obama and the White House have been urged by four million environmental activists to establish legislation protecting the habitats of honeybees.
[Image of Obama courtesy of Time]